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Do you wanna build a snowman?
Today it’s all about upcycling a Downy Unstoppables bottle into some snowmen or snowwomen.
Now, my mother in law is an avid snowmen collector. Her first reaction to any snowman comes down to the face. You have to have a sweet looking snowman so I knew I would need a cute face. I found this guide to help make them look cute as ever.
You can customize these upcycled snowmen however you like.
Here’s what I did-
- Take off the plastic wrapping/logo info by just cutting a little at the top or bottom and rip off the rest.
- Remove the cap and spray paint the bottle white. I took a stick in the ground and spaced the bottle on it to easily spray the bottle.
- On a piece of cardboard/scrap wood, spray paint the cap black.
- For the scarf, I took some thrifted fabric and cut a long strip. I then took it around the bottle and cut it the length I liked. I added a little hot glue to the top seem and wrapped the cut piece of fabric around the bottle. NOTE- too much hot glue could melt the bottle so use sparingly. On one scarf I added some lines with some thin markers to give it a different look (tartan) and used spray adhesive and some glitter to it as well. On both scarves, I cut small slits to fringe the ends.
- Three buttons were glued to the body.
- The Face- As I stated, I used the guide to choose the faces. I started with a pencil. Note – The pencil will/can scratch off the paint so be careful. I used a permanent marker to draw the face. Originally, I thought about using orange felt for the nose, but I didn’t have any so I used construction paper I already had.
- Again, I thought I would use felt for the rim of the hats, but didn’t have any black felt. When browsing around the craft room, I found this corrugated black cardboard/paper. It actually worked better than felt as it was stiff. Seeing as I am not a perfectionist, I eyeballed the rim larger than the cap. I cut a not perfect circle. One is smaller than I probably would do in the future but now he looks like he has a fedora so he’s a hip snowman. The other I made a little larger. Once the circle is cut out, place cardboard on table and bottle upside down, in the center, so the open bottle (no cap) can be traced with a pencil. Cut out inner circle with an Exacto knife (on a cutting mat). Place the rim over the open bottle and now you can screw the black cap on top. Decorate the cap with glitter, greenery/stems, ribbon and whatever you like.
- Although I didn’t add arms, you could easily do that with sticks and possibly glue or drill small holes.
NOTE- Everything used was what I had on hand. I even used scrap ribbon from previous Christmas packages. Also, the paint on the plastic scratches easily.
Do you make any ucpcyled snowmen or other Christmas items? Let me know what you do, in the comments below.
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